Dark Shadows


Dark Shadows

Critics Consensus

The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations.



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Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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Johnny Depp
as Barnabas Collins
Helena Bonham Carter
as Dr. Julia Hoffman
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Carolyn Stoddard
Eva Green
as Angelique Bouchard
Gulliver McGrath
as David Collins
Bella Heathcote
as Victoria Winters/Josette DuPres
Ray Shirley
as Mrs. Johnson
Thomas McDonell
as Barnabas Collins (young)
Jackie Earle Haley
as Willie Loomis
Jonny Lee Miller
as Roger Collins
Gully McGrath
as David Collins
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Alice Cooper
as Alice Cooper
Ivan Kaye
as Joshua Collins
Justin Tracy
as Young Barnabas - Age 6
Susanna Cappellaro
as Naomi Collins
Josephine Butler
as David's Mother
William Hope
as Sheriff
Shane Rimmer
as Board Member 1
Michael J. Shannon
as Board Member 2
Harry Taylor
as Henchman
Glen Mexted
as Captain Rubberpants
Guy Flanagan
as Bearded Hippie
Nigel Whitmey
as Hard Hat 1
Philip Bulcock
as Hard Hat 2
Sophie Kennedy Clark
as Hippie Chick 1
Hannah Murray
as Hippie Chick 2
Victoria Bewick
as Hippie Chick 3
Sean Mahon
as Collinsport Cop
Alexia Osborne
as Young Victoria
Richard Hollis
as Vicky's Father
Felicity Brangan
as Vicky's Mother
Michael Anthony Brown
as Windcliff Doctor
Charlotte Spencer
as Coat Check Girl
Thomas Grube
as Construction Worker 1
Jeff Mash
as Construction Worker 2
Raffey Cassidy
as Young Angelique
Janine Craig
as Go Go Dancer 1
Adelle Young
as Go Go Dancer 2
Dominica Van Santen
as Go Go Dancer 3
Josephine McGrail
as Go Go Dancer 4
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Critic Reviews for Dark Shadows

All Critics (251) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (161)

  • The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a movie can be even when it has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter attached to its flimsy pretext.

    Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose.

    May 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Fans of Depp's past collusions with Burton will find their rewards along the way. But there's a perfunctory vibe to the goings on, a weariness amid the weirdness.

    May 11, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Clearly, they made the movie they wanted to make. It's just not the movie this "Dark Shadows" fan hoped to see.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/4
  • It is at any rate better value than the disappointing Alice in Wonderland.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Shadows

  • Feb 21, 2014
    Recently, we have had the pleasure of watching a venerable character resurrected after 200 years to face a strange new world, from a dormant fictional work into a vibrant, inventive, bold, witty and just plain ballsy adaptation. But enough about "Sleepy Hollow." What we're here to talk about today is Tim Burton's middling take on "Dark Shadows" that has a plot involving a rivalry between two fish canneries in Maine. I'm not kidding about that, nor about Alice Cooper being invited to the party at one point. "Dark Shadows" starts badly enough with a totally unnecessary pre-credits sequence. However, it gets instantly better as Victoria Winters(Bella Heathcote) is traveling to the moribund Collins estate where she has been hired to be the new governess to the tune of 'Nights in White Satin' playing in 1972.(The period detail is vintage without being tacky or nostalgic, along with a good use of songs.) While the movie could have easily worked if told from Victoria's point of view, that soon changes once Barnabas Collins(Johnny Depp) comes back from the dead. In the process of Barnabas' hogging all the attention, some potentially interesting characters(and the excellent actors playing them including Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller & Chloe Grace Moretz) are sidelined in favor of the most boring vampire ever who has a definite aversion to leaving the frame. That leaves it to Eva Green to carry the movie as far as she can, which while not far, is better than nothing.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    Good remake of a classic series. I didn't think Depp would pull this off, but he does a pretty good job here. The supporting cast does a great job here, especially Michelle Pfeiffer, who I don't normally like. Solid mix of horror, action, and comedy.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2013
    May work well for kids, I suppose. The execution is terrible; a handful of one-liners can't hold a film together. There are a few emotional scenes, but they are devoid of emotions!!
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2013
    I was so excited for this film. But when I saw it, I was bored to death. Not one good thing about it. Blah.
    Barbara A Super Reviewer

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